On July 28th, the 60th Blessing of the Fleet was held and was a great success.
This great ceremony, so rich in tradition which honors fishermen who have lost their lives at sea, as well as all the deceased fishermen, and for the families who have lost their loved ones, was beautiful.
The day started with the fishermen’s Mass and was immediately followed with a procession from church to the fishermen’s memorial. The procession was made up of various organizations, along with active fishermen, the Portuguese Club and their ladies auxiliary, the Lady of Fatima Society, The Holy Ghost Society, Knights of Columbus, clergy and altar servers, and, of course, our very own Westerly Band.
I have been fortunate enough to have participated, in a very small way, for over 20 years as the MC, and I have to honestly say that the amount of people who participated and all the people who attended this year’s Blessing made this one of the largest crowds I have ever seen. To hear the many compliments from so many people is a true testament to the many people who served on this year’s Blessing committee, their hard work and countless hours of planning proved to make this day so memorable. Many of the people who attended this year’s Blessing are already looking forward to next year and are hoping that this ceremony, which is so rich in tradition, will again become an important part of summer in this small town of Stonington.